Safety Measures and Risk Assessment
Your safety is of imperative concern while travelling with Highland Expeditions. Although we cannot mitigate all the hazards involved in adventure travel we can manage them in a way to make our trips as safe as possible. Read below our safety measures and risk assessment for Nepal treks and climbs
1. Carefully planned itinerary
Our itineraries are specially devised by our expert team who possess years of experience in this field. Altitude, Acclimatization, Good campsite, trails are the main factors taken into consideration when devising the itinerary and keeping in mind that our clients will enjoy from the beginning to the end of our off the beaten track experiences. Our itinerary includes enough days for acclimatization giving your body enough time to adapt with the high altitude and also, we have contingencies day on all our Climbing trips and Everest treks if in case of any unforeseen activities (Flight cancellation, Poor weather) that might lead to change in the itinerary.
2. Prepared participants
We provide detailed information about trips to every participant so they can exactly choose the appropriate trips. We send detailed trip dossier which includes essential information (Trip Overview, Trip Grade, Level of fitness required, Equipment checklist and other aspects) about that particular trip with pre-departure information (Visas, Flight, Arrival Instruction) to make sure our participants are prepared for the trip.
3. Risk Assessment
Before the start of every season, we do a risk assessment of trips with our team. Our team have wealth of experience in this field and together we ensure a sound decision if we need to change any aspects of the trip due to any circumstances.
4. Experienced team
Our office staff, guides and leaders are all highly trained and practised with in-depth knowledge of their respective fields. We empower leaders/guides with extensive knowledge in the adventure field. All our leader and guide are professional in the work they do and have undergone first aid training & high altitude medical training.
5. Higher staff ratio
We provide a higher number of staff to client ratio on all our trips.
On Trekking trips: 1 Senior leader/guide, 1 assistant guide for every 4 participants and 1 porter for every 2 participants.
On climbing trips: 1 senior climbing leader/guide, 1 climbing Sherpa for every 3 participants and 1 porter for every 2 participants excluding porters for climbing gears.
6. Comprehensive medical kit and supplementary oxygen System
We supply a first aid kit with standard medicines prescribed by doctors on all our trips and a supplementary oxygen system for emergency purposes for high altitude treks and climbs, which can be a lifesaver during high altitude sickness. Our medical kit contains basic medications to high altitude drugs. Besides that, upon request and with additional cost, we can provide for a High-Altitude Mountain doctor.
7. Satellite phone for emergency purpose
All our climbing and remote area trips are backed up by satellite phone for any emergency purpose. Having a connection with the outside world at times of emergency is important and thus, we send satellite phone on all our climbing and remote area trips where there are no other means of communications available.
8. Rescue arrangements
If you find yourself needing to evacuate back to the nearest city or medical facility we have the local knowledge and teams to assist as needed. During peak season time, we have our team at 24/7 support.